Extremely small genomes in two unrelated dipteran insects with shared early developmental traits. Academic Article uri icon


  • We discovered extremely small genomes (1C ~100 Mb) in the dipteran insects Coboldia fuscipes (Scatopsidae) and Psychoda cinerea (Psychodidae). The small genomes of these species cannot be explained by a fast developmental rate, which has been shown to correlate with small genome sizes in animals and plants but might accommodate the combined effects of other developmental traits, including small egg size, thin blastoderm layer, and long-germ development.

published proceedings

  • Dev Genes Evol

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Schmidt-Ott, U., Rafiqi, A. M., Sander, K., & Johnston, J. S.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Schmidt-Ott, Urs||Rafiqi, Ab Matteen||Sander, Klaus||Johnston, J Spencer

publication date

  • April 2009